Sprinting talent flocks to Gulfstream for Smile, Princess Rooney

The Summit of Speed, a traditional summer staple of the southern Florida racing schedule, is set for Saturday at Gulfstream. The Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint Stakes each drew a field of seven. Both races are discussed below. Gulfstream Race 12 (Post time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern) The Grade II, $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes Seven furlongs…

Skywire has sights set on Queen’s Plate upset

The $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, the centerpiece race of the season at Woodbine, is set for this Saturday. A full field of 14 Ontario-breds will go toe-to-toe in the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Post time for the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate, Race 10 on a stakes-laden 13-race card, is 5:36 p.m….

Dunbar Road stands out in Mother Goose

The Grade II, $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes is the highlight of Belmont Park’s nine-race Saturday program. Six three-year-old fillies, including the highly-promising DUNBAR ROAD, will compete in this prestigious 1 1/16th-mile event. Post time for the Mother Goose, Race 8 on the day at Belmont, is 5:18 p.m. ET. #1 DUNBAR ROAD (4-5, morning-line favorite)…

Weekly jockey review, 6/26/19; Saez bags a dozen at Belmont

Summer racing is in full swing with Belmont and Monmouth going strong on the east coast. Meanwhile, out west, Santa Anita’s marathon meet that was marred with controversy came to a close last weekend. We’ll review all the action here, highlighting jockey achievements. Belmont Jose Lezcano is still the leading rider at Belmont as the…

Focus Group should get first Grade I score in United Nations

The Grade I, $300,000 United Nations Stakes will bring some top turf runners together at Monmouth Park this Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile heat drew a field of eight. Post time for the United Nations, Race 11 of a scheduled 13, is approximately 5:28 p.m. ET. #4 FOCUS GROUP (2-1, morning-line favorite) was empty late in…

It’s all about Owendale in Ohio Derby

The Grade III, $500,000 Ohio Derby is set for Saturday at Thistledown racecourse. The 1 1/8-mile heat drew a field of seven three-year-olds looking to add to their credentials. Post time for the Ohio Derby, Race 9 on a 10-race program, is 5:10 p.m. ET. #2 OWENDALE (9-5, morning-line favorite) was third in the Preakness…

Weekly jockey review, 6/19/19; Bejarano wins 4,000th race

There were graded stakes galore offered at Churchill Downs last week, while one rider attained a prestigious personal milestone at Santa Anita. Let’s go over all the action from thoroughbred racing from last week, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont Jose Lezcano maintains a comfortable lead at the Belmont spring/summer meeting that ends in three weeks….

Gift Box should top stacked Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes is the feature race on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of 12 will crowd the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on an 11-race program; estimated post time is 9:47 p.m. ET. #6 GIFT BOX (3-1, morning-line favorite) gets…

Weekly jockey review, 6/12/19

We’ll visit a trio of tracks in this week’s jockey review, focusing mainly on the results at Belmont Park during Belmont Stakes week. Let’s get started. Belmont Joel Rosario was the winning rider aboard Sir Winston in the 151st Belmont Stakes. He expertly guided his charge through traffic while saving ground to beat a wide-running…